I promise I haven’t forgotten about this blog, I’ve just been doing a lot more portrait & boudoir sessions lately!
Stephane Haffner photographed by Jeff Palmer
Do any of my followers live in Seattle? I’m moving up this summer and wanna get started on building my new community :)
Ye Olde Reed
Colt - fire poi
Circus side of tumblr, we need to talk about photo credit.
You may have noticed this photo circulating recently.
On the lower portion of the photograph is what looks like a blurry smudge. What that actually is, is the remains of someone’s attempt to photoshop out the copyright mark that was put on the image by the photographer. Here is the original.
Photographers are under appreciated and often taken for granted on tumblr, but the symbiotic relationship between photographers and performers, leading to exposure for all artists involved, depends on crediting them for their work. No matter how viral a post gets, it doesn’t do the photographer any good if no one knows who they are, and the more uncredited shots that circulate the harder it is for credited shots to get recognition.
Appreciate your photographers.
Love your photographers.
Credit your photographers.
And at the very least, don’t reblog images that have had the photocredit digitally edited out.
I COULDN’T REBLOG THIS FAST ENOUGH.
I don’t use watermarks because I find they distract from the subject of the photo and interrupt the visual experience, but this example shows why they’re often necessary.
If you come across people who are photoshopping/cropping watermarks, deleting source links and artist comments, or reposting stolen art, please call them out and/or report them!
Cameras are expensive, lighting is expensive, hiring models and performers is expensive. Photographers put a lot of work into their images, and our careers are dependent on people associating our art with our names. Please show us some consideration!
Someday I will go to Burning Man and make friends with fire & circus performers from all around the world and take some of the most amazing photos any of you will ever see.